April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
April 2019 · Ministry News
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, reminding us all of the importance of working together to ensure the health and safety of the most vulnerable among us. The truth is that, as a community, we can prevent child abuse and neglect.
Research indicates that families in which abuse occurs are often dealing with multiple stressors. One of the ways we can help prevent maltreatment of children is to provide support to parents dealing with poverty, addiction, illness, and other stressors.
Parents who receive access to the skills and resources they need are less likely to feel isolated and helpless. They are also less likely to take their stress out on their children.
Here are a few ways you can help:
- Educate yourself about the signs of child abuse and neglect, then report if you suspect it.
- Reach out and help a family dealing with stress; offer to help with errands or babysitting.
- Participate in the life of your community; get involved and take part.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides all kinds of tips about how to build community, strengthen families, and reduce stress here.
You can also learn about ways to prevent and report child abuse and neglect by visiting here.
Together, we can prevent child abuse and neglect – by educating ourselves and by looking out for each other and our children.
Know the resources available within your community and how to connect families to them. Call the Parent Helpline at 1-800-332-6378 or Saint Francis at 1-800-423-1342.
If you suspect child abuse and/or neglect, call 1-800-922-5330.